Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Family Business Center



From the Director

It is with mixed emotions that I announce Nicole is leaving the Family Business Center at the end of October. She will continue to pursue her passion for family business as a consultant with the Family Business Consulting Group. For the past three years, Nicole has truly been an asset to the FBC and will be missed! Please join me in saying goodbye and wishing Nicole all the best!

Have You Registered for Next Week's Food for Thought?

IRS Proposes Crackdown on Valuation Discounts:
What You and Your Family Business Need to Know

Presented by DeWitt Ross & Stevens and Smith & Gesteland

Tuesday, October 18
Breakfast Buffet 7:30 - 8:00 AM
Program 8:00 - 10:15 AM
SkyView, 8th Floor, Fluno Center

For many years, family business owners have reduced the impact of gift and estate taxes by discounting the value of interests in their businesses transferred to the next generation. On August 2, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that, if finalized, will limit and, possibly eliminate, the use of valuation discounts. While the final regulations may ultimately differ from the IRS proposal, it is important for family business owners to understand how the proposed regulations could impact gift and estate tax planning.
This presentation will help you understand that impact.


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This event will be live-streamed. More information and a link to join the program is coming soon.

Registration Now Open for
November's Speaker Series and Fall Social

Creating and Cultivating Philanthropy in Your Family Business
Presented by Marguerite Griffin, Northern Trust

Thursday, November 10

Networking Reception

2:30 - 3:00 PM
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Fall Social
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Philanthropy may arguably be what matters most for family businesses. As new charitable giving models have emerged and as philosophies regarding how to best employ financial resources for social good evolve, keeping 'family' in philantrhopy has become more challenging. In this interactive session, we will explore new trends and paradigms relating to family business philanthropy, including:

  • ​Creating a lasting and strategic philanthropic plan
  • Doing well by doing good - social entrepreneurs, impact investing and the future of philanthropy
  • Using social media and technology to engage and inspire 'next generation' philanthropists

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Prior to November's Lecture Series, look for an email survey on charitable giving.

Tell Me Something Good...

Diane Ballweg of FBC Member Endres Manufacturing is becoming chair of the
Madison Community Foundation

Find Out More Here

FBC Member Crave Brothers' Curds and Cows are Winners!
Read the Whole Story Here

Welcome to Our New Members

Architectural Design Consultants, Inc.

Learn More Here


EVCO Plastics
Visit EVCO Plastics' Website

Tools of Marketing, Inc.

See Tools of Marketing's Product CapabilitiesHere

September's Program Audio Available Online

The PowerPoint slides, hand-outs and program audio from Mitzi Perdue's discussion onBuilding a Powerful and Effective Family Cultureis available through the Members Only section of our website.

Contact Sherry at sherry.herwig@uwfbc.org for the members only password.

Join One of Our Affinity Peer Groups - Openings in All Groups

"Running a business without the support of a peer group is like driving a car withoutwearing a seatbelt."

Click Here to Learn the Importance of Peer Groups

Ifinterested in joining any of our groups, please contact Sherry at sherry.herwig@uwfbc.org

Where Will Your Next Good Idea Come From?

In her latest blog entry, FBC Director Sherry Herwig notes that "seeking out new opportunities to learn and grow, especially if it puts you outside of your comfort zone, can be a breeding ground for new ideas. It can be as simple as sitting next to someone you don't know at a conference, a meeting, or networking breakfast."

Read All of Sherry's Blog Here


By Invitation Only!

AmFam DreamBank presents:

UW Success Stories:
Fast-Track to Funding Your Start-Up Panel

This exclusive UW panel discussion will fuel your entrepreneurial dreams. Learn tried-and-true strategies and tactics for winning the funding you need to accelerate your start-up journey. Attend in-person at DreamBank or online from anywhere.

Thursday, October 13
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Click Here for More Info

Center for
Professional & Executive Development Courses

20% Discount for
FBC Members

Please note, CPED’s registration has changed, now requiring you to enter a code to receive the FBC Member Discount.
Please contact FBC Staff to get your exclusive discount code.

October 17-18
Project Leadership Communication

October 20
Project Management for Non-Project Managers

October 24-26
Leadership: Transform Your Business Culture

October 25-26
Developing Use Cases and Process Models

October 31-November 1
Lean Six Sigma for Service and Health Care Industries


FBC Sponsors




UW Family Business Center

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Madison, WI 53715